Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy in Pediatric Science

Earn the Doctorate for Pediatric Physical Therapists.

Limited-Residency | Post-Professional | 1 Year

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Transition From a Bachelor’s or Master’s to a DPT

Our program is designed for practicing physical therapists with either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in physical therapy. Transition from your bachelor’s or master’s directly into your clinical doctorate. Our transitional DPT program is designed to provide meaningful and obtainable post-professional education while addressing the public’s need for high-quality physical therapy service. We do this by providing practicing clinicians with opportunities to develop knowledge, skills, and behaviors commensurate with current, evidence-based practice in pediatric physical therapy.

Pediatric Focus

Our coursework and capstone projects are focused on pediatrics. Dive deeper into pediatric physical therapy to increase your impact with children and families and expand your practice effectiveness. Impact your pediatric patients and practice. Our tDPT program here at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is the sole transitional DPT program focused on pediatric science that fulfills the requirements of the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.

Designed for Working PTs

Our program is specifically designed for experienced, working PTs. Some of our students have 10 to 25 years of experience, either as a pediatric PT or as a PT with an interest in pediatrics. The program is a limited-residency learning model, meaning you don’t have to relocate or quit your job. Continue working and living in your place of choice. You’ll experience the needed hands-on and in-person learning experiences during intensive onsite sessions. The program also offers the flexibility of an optional 4th semester (to complete your individualized pediatric science capstone project) as needed.

Nationally-Renowned Pediatric Faculty

We value having faculty who are experts in pediatric physical therapy for our tDPT program. We employ distinguished faculty in pediatric science with primary faculty positions at multiple universities across the nation. With pediatric science experts, you’ll be successfully guided through your individual capstone projects.

Become a Leader in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Our graduates go on to become leaders in pediatric physical therapy in their communities and in state and national professional organizations. By focusing your clinical doctorate and your doctoral-level capstone project in pediatrics, and with the guidance from our faculty, you’ll be prepared to become a leader in pediatric PT. We value students that are prepared to expand the body of pediatric PT knowledge while exhibiting leadership skills and demonstrating evidence-based practice.


Fall 2022

Priority Application Deadline: July 5, 2022
Final Application Deadline: August 1, 2022
Semester Start:  August 29, 2022


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution (or foreign equivalent) with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Current US physical therapy license
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Preference is given for applicants who have a minimum of one year of clinical experience in pediatric physical therapy prior to submitting an application for submission.

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Our curriculum is designed to help you earn your clinical doctorate and prepare an evidence-based physical therapist with an updated pediatric science focus.

Pediatric PT helps child use parallel bars

Pediatric Science

Delve into pediatric science throughout earning your Doctor of Physical Therapy. Focus on aspects of pediatric science such as management of pediatric pharmacology and imaging, pediatric gait related to neonatal care, and issues in early intervention and school-based practice.

Capstone Project

Become an expert in a pediatric area of your choice. Design and complete your own pediatric science capstone project. Develop a teaching, clinical, or administrative project; expand your knowledge, competency, and leadership in pediatrics.

Onsite Visits

Enjoy two onsite visits ranging from 3 to 5 days each.  You will have the opportunity to network with class members and University staff and have hands-on (pediatric gait) and presentation/leadership (capstone proposals) experiences.

Evidence-Based Practice

Become an evidence-based physical therapist. Dive deep into evidence-based practice and applied clinical reasoning. You’ll learn how to formulate key questions, quickly search evidence, evaluate and apply medical literature, and analyze pediatric practice patterns.


Jane K. Sweeney

Jane K. Sweeney


Program Director of Pediatric Transitional DPT & PhD Concentration Track Director of Pediatric Science

Joanna C. Beachy


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Venita Lovelace-Chandler


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Janice McElroy


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Sonia Paquette

Sonia Paquette


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Mary Jane Rapport


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Rebecca D. Reder


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Janet B. Tankersley


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

Darl Vander Linden


Faculty, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy


Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (8060 165th Avenue NE Ste 100, Redmond, WA 98052-3981), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Secretary of the US Department of Education.

Tuition & Financial Aid

There are many ways you can pay for your education and receive aid. See how our Financial Aid Office can help you fund your education.